Oklahoma’s power trio Vangough may be a three piece group but they sound like they’d be a seven piece band, with a huge progressive sound. Musically, I’d compare them to the likes of Dream Theater meets Marrillion, Yes, Genesis, and even a slight hint of Queen, with their own brand of cinematic progressively driven orchestral themes thrown in for good measure.
The fact that Vangough can marry progressive rock, jazz rock, art rock and metal, it makes “Between The Madness” a unique melting pot of sounds, kind of a mélange of all things melodic and emotions brewing with the strangest of strange vibes – this is very, very original, indeed.
There are a total of 12 cuts on this album, but the way these songs have been written, arranged and sung, it possibly could be 12 different songs from 12 different records, but with a strong identity, which equates to Vangough’s different style of execution and writing music. Kyle Haws (drums, percussion), Jeren Martin (bass), Clay Withrow (vocals, guitars and keyboards) gel so well here, it is quite interesting to hear how each and every note they play and create fits so seamlessly within their lengthy compositions, and without any flaws.
However, I can go on and on and on about how well thought out this record is and how well it is played all at the same time, but it will do no justice to you, the listener or the band. Vangough’s “Between The Madness” is an album of stellar yet epic proportions, and will not disappoint fans of progressive rock and metal. Thank heavens for such a talented band as Vangough – they rock!!! [self released] Sarjoo Devani